New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Budget document focuses on initiatives, not cuts.
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It takes ingenuity to keep U.S. warplanes flying.
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Vol. 139, No. 62
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
Canyon beats Boerne for first district soccer
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Sunny days, with highs in the 70s and lows near 40 are in store not only today, but Saturday and Sunday as well. Cloud cover likely will increase Sunday, which will serve as a transition day to a cold front that could arrive in the area early in the new week.
Redistricting panel named
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
A 15-member committee was appointed Thursday by Comal County Commissioners Court to work with attorneys studying new precinct lines for commissioner, justice of the peace and voting precincts.
“That committee is real representative,” said Comal County Judge Carter Casteel. “We’re looking at the commissioner precincts. We’re looking at the (justice of the peace) and the
Appointed to the redistricting committee were: Dr. Jerome Krupp, Robbie Borchers, J.C. Reagan, Curtis Bremer, Kookie Bar boza, Linda Zavala, Gloria Cantu, Harry Heimer, Lucille Garcia, Bill Cudabac, Bennie Bock, Jan Kennady, John Curtis, Erwin Lehmann Jr. and Bonnie Sarkozi.
The committee, in redrawing lines, must ensure minority strengths are not diluted, community interests remain intact and it complies with the one-
man, one-vote rule.
Final approval of the plan comes from Commissioners Court.
Casteel said there is a wide variation in population in certain county commissioner precincts.
“We’re going to have to give some folks from one district to another in the county commissioner precincts,” she said. “The JP and the voting precincts, I don’t think, arc the issues as much."
The committee will work with
attorneys of Guinn & Morrison, hired by Comal County to assist in redrawing precinct lines.
Commissioners will meet with the four justices of the peace Monday at IO a.m. in a workshop session to discuss redistricting.
According to a special legislative report prepared on redistricting, the Texas Constitution requires county commissioners to divide counties into precincts from time to time using data from the most recent federal census.
In related news, the Texas House Redistricting Committee began the process Wednesday of redrawing boundaries for legislative and congressional districts. Rep. Tom Uher, D-Bay City, is chairman of the committee.
Texas will gain three congressional seats because of population increases during the 1980s that boosted the state’s total to about 17 million,
8m REDISTRICT, Pag* 2Snails stir trouble for Landa Lake
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
Well-meaning aquarium owners are the suspected cause of a widespread snail disaster in Landa Lake and the Comal and San Marcos rivers.
An overpopulated aquatic species known as the ram-horn snail has been eating massive portions of vegetation in the rivers, creating a threat to the fish population which feeds on the plants.
“We’ve seen inches thick of dead snail shells all the way from Prince Solms Park to Landa Lake,” said David Whatley, parks and recreation director in New Braunfels. ‘There must be hundreds and hundreds of thousands of them.”
Whatley said he believes the snails started migrating to the rivers when aquarium owners purchased the dark-brown mollusks. “We’ve seen the remains of blue-green gravel where people have dumped their aquarium remains,” he said, adding that “this happens fairly often."
The reason aquarium owneis dump their tanks into the lake, he said, is that “they don’t have the heart to (kill) it.”
Tom Arsuffi, coordinator of the two-year snail study at Southwest State University, said if the ram-hom snails continue to increase at the same level “it could change the fish community structure.”
“The snails are capable of consuming 80 percent of plant biomass,” he said.
The dilemma arises because fish use vegetation not only as a possible
Today is the kick-off for Jog-A-Thon 1991 at the New Braunfels Christian Academy, 995 Mission Hills Drive. The fifth annual event will take place on the campus March 8. Students, teachers, and friends of NBCA will have friends and relatives who have pledged money per lap to sponsor them as they walk or jog around a measured course. Funds raised from Jog-A-Thon 1991 will directly benefit the students and school. Corporate sponsors who have underwritten expenses this year include Prime Source Learning Supply, Bradzoil IO Minute Lube, Schlittcrbahn, Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken, Naegelin’s Bakery, Sherri’s Horal and Eberhard Lumber. For more information, call 629-6222....
Christian Women’s Club invites you and your friends to a luncheon Tuesday at Lake Breeze Ski Lodge in McQueeney from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Folks from Henne Hardware will show some heartwarming gifts. Ruth Dunlap will sing songs from the heart, and Robin Comey, a former Alaskan pipeline worker, will be the speaker. Reservations are necessary and cancellations are essential; call 629-0070 or 625-5926 for reservations and 620-5217 or 625-5926 for free nursery....
Do you have books you no longer wish to keep? It will soon be time for the annual Book Sale of the American Association of University Women which gives citizens a good opportunity to give books they no longer want to a good cause. AAUW’s sale proceeds are used for university scholarships for mature women. Selection of recipients will be announced before June. The sale will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 20. For information or pickup of books, the following members may be called: Agnes Lehmann, 625-5391; Virginia Caffee, 625-3849; Nettie Oakes, 620-5315; Mary Tymrak, 625-5366. Because textbooks and magazines have not sold well in the past, these will not be collected....
The Comal County Women’s Center needs more volunteers. The center will offer training for hotline volunteers and other interested persons who want to become acquainted with the program on Monday, Feb. ll, at 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center Office, 193-1/2 W. San Antonio St. It is not necessary to leave your home to be a volunteer. The hotline is transferred to your home for answering. The 24-hour hotline is a vital pan of the organization arui is an excellent way to help someone in need. For more information, call 620-7520....
The Children’s Shelter is sponsoring its third annual Valentine Balloon Bouquet fundraiser and is selling balloon bouquets consisting of five helium-filled balloons, streamers and a box of candy attached for your favorite sweetie. Orders are $10 per bouquet (prepaid) and may be placed by calling 629-1566.
9m SNAILS, Fag* 2Hearing set on 1-35
Hazardous waste firm says delays dangerous
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ sudden moratorium on hazardous waste facilities is prompting warnings of dire environmental consequences from industry, but supporters of the ban say the companies are crying wolf.
In response to a call by Gov. Ann Richards, state agencies have halted work on permits for new and expanded commercial sites for disposal and handling of hazardous waste. *
“This could result in far more environmental harm than she’s seeking to avoid,’’ Jon Fisher, senior vice president of the Texas Chemical Council told the Houston Chronicle.
The move could prompt continued use of “less desirable" disposal technologies, risks from increased storage and transport of waste, and “improper storage in a lot of places," Fisher said.
But environmentalists reject such statements as a tired replay of indus-Chemical firms say they may challenge governor's action.......................Page 2
try’s earlier predictions — which did not come true — that anti-pollution regulations would be burdensome or harmful.
“ll sounds a little like hysteria to me," said Ken Kramer, director of the state Sierra Club.
Texas now has existing facilities that offer “enormous capacity" for disposal of hazardous waste, he said.
“I’ve heard industry cry wolf on this exact theme every time some regulation is proposed," said Brigid Shea, Texas program director of Clean Water Action. “I want to hear some American ingenuity” to icduce hazardous waste production.
Slain woman’s family accepts
settlement of its civil lawsuit
A 23-year-old New Braunfels man is in good condition at Medical Cen- flown to San Antonio Thursday afternoon after the accident was ter Hospital today after he was involved in a farm equipment rollover reported about 3:30 p.m. (Photo by Erik Karlsson) on private property behind Hickory Avenue. Kevin Vallandingham was
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
The public will have an opportunity next week to voice concerns or questions to state highway authorities at a hearing on the expansion of a section of Interstate 35 in Comal and Guadalupe counties.
"This is the opportunity for the public to have input as to their feelings on this project, be it pro or con,” said Resident Engineer Bobbie Hasert of the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation.
Hasert, along with Assistant Resident Engineer Larry Coyle, discussed the projects at a regular meeting of the Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday.
The sections of road being discussed are 7.7 miles of Interstate 35 in Comal County and 1.1 miles in Guadalupe County between Farm to Market Road 3009 to Loop 337 in south New Braunfels.
“There are some changes being made in that section of road like there’s a proposed new interchange at Weidcrstein Road. There’s a proposal to change some portions of the two-
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The Balonis family Hied the suit against the complex stating it allegedly acted negligently by giving apartment maintenance man. Jack Warren Davis, a master key and failed to adequately supervise him. He was convicted in May 1990 of chital murder in the strangulation and slabbing death of Kathie Balonis, a 24-year-old school teacher.
Davis is serving a life term in the Texas prison system for the murder His attorneys have flied a motion for a new trial.
A civil lawsuit filed against a local apartment complex was settled out of coun this week after an eight-day trial in Nueces County.Race is on
Members of the senior class at New Braunfels High School compete in the piggyback race, one of many events In Thursday’s “Fun Night," part of annual “Queen of Hearts" Week activities to raise funds for yearbook production. The seniors lost this race, but went on to edge out the sophomores In overall competition. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
ITie multi-million dollar suit, Charles and Louise Balonis vs. New Braunfels Oaks Apartments, was settled for $600,000 Wednesday.
The suit was flied by the Balonis family in 1990 in Corpus Christi at the Nueces County Courthouse because the owners of the New Braunfels Oaks Apartments operate there.